Philosophy

In 1674, officials of the Dutch court carried out the recommendation of the States of Holland to ban the Theological-Political Treatise, a book that o

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Checkmate

There are two ways to react to the discomfort The Lifespan of a Fact provokes: to insist that essays like John D'Agata's require a readership in on th

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The Unexamined Socrates

Paul Johnson’s Socrates aims to remove the mystery. Johnson writes in a robust, bluff tone. As he summarizes Socrates’s life and thought, he doesn’t m

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Religious Realism

Everyone seems to love Reinhold Niebuhr these days, but not everyone gets him right. Especially when it comes to matters of foreign policy, where the

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Reproductive Rights

Despite its title, Marcus Boon’s book is not so much a manifesto as a philosophical meditation. In the midst of an astonishing abundance of copies, an

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Much can be gleaned about Walter Benjamin’s Jewishness, and that of his whole class, from this short diary. He is evidently completely unobservant—mor

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The Medium Is McLuhan

Marshall McLuhan was a scholar of literature, with a doctorate from Cambridge, and his interpretation of the intellectual and social effects of media

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Up from Zero Hour

Jürgen Habermas ranks today as the single most important public intellectual in all of Continental Europe. But he is also a formidable philosopher who

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Drugs and Money

As any faithful reader of the New York Times knows, the medical profession has suffered some serious self-inflicted wounds: high-profile physicians po

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Remembering Alienation

As hard as it might be to imagine in our wildly polarizing times, thinkers from both the right and the left once found themselves intellectually linke

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